KIGALI (Reuters) Kenyan police have arrested a man accused of carrying out the murder of a Rwandan army general who was killed in a gun battle with the armed group in 1994, police said.
Moses Yibagiyi, a 29-year-old native of Kenya’s central Tutsi minority, was arrested on Friday, a day after Rwandan soldiers opened fire on the home of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and killed his wife and daughter.
“We are aware of the arrest of the man in connection with the killing of Rwandans general Zwane,” police chief Uwundere Ndongo said in a statement on Saturday.
He added that police would provide more details.
In 1994, a group of Hutu extremists stormed the Rwandan capital Kigalusa, killing Rwandan generals and civilians, who were trying to flee genocide in Rwanda.
They captured Kagame’s son, but were unable to free him and Kagame was killed.
Two days later, Rwanda’s army opened fire at a Hutu camp near the town of Kibuba, killing Kagame.
The killings led to a wave of violence in Rwanda that killed thousands of people, including more than 500,000 Hutus.
Kigali is one of the worst-hit countries in the world, with at least 7,000 people killed, mostly Hutus, and at least 2 million displaced people.
The arrest of Yibogiyi comes as the U.S. Department of State urged Rwandan authorities to return Rwandan Tutsis, the country’s majority ethnic group, to their homes, in the face of continuing violence.
“It is deeply disturbing that a criminal organization could use Rwandan territory for its own ends and would be able to target Rwandas people in this way,” U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Daniel Carter told the U .
Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Carter urged Rwanda to take immediate action to protect the rights of all Rwandese and to ensure that Rwandis would be protected from violence.
U.S.-based human rights groups have documented at least 17 killings in Kigala since 1994, some of them carried out by security forces who claimed they were protecting Rwandos.
Ns envoy on genocide, U.K. envoy for African affairs John Bawden, called for an end to impunity for perpetrators.
“The international community has an obligation to end impunity and to protect those who have been killed or maimed,” he said in the statement.